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SA Marionetas - The numbers of 2021

- 4 Premieres

"Alfredo - the butterfly collector" by José Manuel Valbom Gil

"Battle Shores: The Women of Aljubarrota" by Elsa Childs

"El Retablo de Maese Pedro" Opera by Manuel de Falla

"Aljubarrota 1385 – The Battle" by Natacha Costa Pereira and Sofia Olivença Vinagre


  - 2 Prizes

"Best Public Show" - MÓ Festival Marionetas e Objectos de Oeiras

Prize - "Best Manipulation" MATERINKA Festival - Liberec -Czech Republic


  - 32 Locations, 52 presentations from 9 different productions


The SAMarionetas company, despite having faced its biggest challenge as a professional puppet structure due to the situation created by Covid-19, where it saw the entire agenda suspended until May, luckily, it remained alive, managing with great difficulty to overcome this interregnum and unknown. about your future. In May we were at the Museu da Marioneta in Lisbon with the project “Consonância” with pianist Daniel Bernardes and also at the Seeds Festival in Almada and Loures. In the same month, with the support of the Portuguese Republic|Ministry of Culture, we premiered “Alfredo – the butterfly collector” in Alcobaça, immediately following the Évora International Puppet Biennial. Afterwards, we traveled “virtually” to the 34th International Theatrical Festival VALISE in Poland, with A Viagem de Sophia. Also in June we went in person to the International Puppet festival MATERINKA in Liberec at  Czech Republic where we received the “Best Manipulation Award” with “Theatro Dom Roberto”. In Torres Novas, we participated in the “Onda de Verão” event and we also highlight the workshops on this theater that we conducted at the Cultura em Expansão 2021 festival in Porto and at the Ei! Puppets in  Gondomar, as well as participation in the Iberian Theater Fair in Fundão. The month of August began with our presence at the EIXOS festival in Santa Maria da Feira, and then we made the second premiere of the year in co-production with the companies A Corda and Companhia Livre, a large-scale show with more than 50 people. on stage entitled “Margens da Batalha: As Mulheres de Aljubarrota” by Elsa Childs with the support of Rede Cultura Batalha de Aljubarrota 1385, Centro 2020|Portugal 2020 and Municipalities of Alcobaça, Batalha and Porto de Mós. For the 1st time we performed at the MOMO Circus Museum in Foz do Arouce/Lousã. September was a month of festivals. We participated in the 1st Festival “Once upon a time in the West” in Alcobaça. With our Dom Roberto we celebrate his entry into the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in the unforgettable “É só Palheta 1st Meeting of Traditional Theater Dom Roberto” in Sintra/Agualva. Heading south by the FOME Festival we were in Tavira, São Brás de Alportel, Faro and Albufeira. October started in the best way at the MÓ Festival Marionetas in Oeiras where we received the “Prémio do Público” for the show Portucale. Best prize was impossible! We participated in the Festival Novo Palco in Benedita and opened the literary festival “Fólio” in Óbitos. We also organize the 24th edition of the Marionetas na Cidade festival in Alcobaça with sold-out shows full of public on the streets only possible with the support of the Guarantee Culture program, Municipality of Alcobaça, Union of Parishes of Alcobaça and Vestiaria as well as local commerce and industry . We ended the month at the FIMP-International Puppet Festival in Porto and in Sesimbra by Artemrede. November arrives with another premiere, this time a co-production with Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, the Opera "El Retablo de Maese Pedro" by Manuel de Falla with guest conductor Rita Castro Blanco and singers Vera Silva, Pedro Cruz and Tiago Matos with presentation by Jorge Castro Ribeiro. It was presented in Aveiro at the Autumn Festivals | UAveiro, Leiria | Music Festival in Leiria and Alcobaça | Cistermúsica Festival. To end November we participated in the Robertos Marathon at the Lisbon Puppet Museum on its 20th anniversary. In December we participated in the celebrations of the French Invasions Encruzilhada do Bussaco in Penacova and Lourinhã. We premiered the 4th production this year (how crazy) “Aljubarrota 1385 – A Batalha” back to the theme of Aljubarrota once again integrated into the Batalha de Aljubarrota 1385 Culture Network, Centro 2020|Portugal 2020 and Municipalities of Alcobaça, Batalha and Porto de Mós . Also this month we participated in the event Momentos de Natal organized by the União de Freguesias de Alcobaça e Vestiaria.

To end the year in beauty, the festival we organize, “Marionetas na Cidade”, is nominated for the “Iberian Festival Awards” in the “Non Music Festival” category and was, once again, recognized with the European quality seal EFFE – Europe for Festivals Festivals for Europe.

We can only thank all those who have supported us since 1997 and remember that next year we celebrate 25 years of uninterrupted activity. Hugs and see you next year…


SAMarionetas – Theater & Puppets


to vote : category NON MUSIC FESTIVAL

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